Vanessa Betts: The new superintendent should be someone local, who understand the dynamics of El Paso and its diverse cultures and lastly, someone who is approachable, transparent, qualified, trustworthy, and exhibits a willingness to lead by example.
Willeta Corbett: The qualities of a good superintendent include: 1) A culturally responsive school leader with extensive knowledge of best instructional practices and, 2) Our new superintendent should have knowledge of the unique community of El Paso, and frankly, be an outstanding leader already within EPISD. In this way, we have someone with “built-in” loyalty and familiarity with our district and city. A third quality is someone with high ethical standards. As a superintendent, he or she must be a responsible guardian of the public trust and lead with both integrity and humility.
Stephen Hayes: EPISD faces two distinct and conflicting crises in the upcoming years. First the economic and budget shortfalls, and the learning transition and pandemic issues could be considered conflicting issues. I would look for a superintendent who is cognizant of the issues and has a plan to balance the solutions. Second, EPISD is a very diverse school district with a full range of students from military dependents to a significant percentage of ESL students from first or second generation immigrant families. A successful superintendent must be one who has a plan for re-engaging parents and families as active participants in the learning process and providing the necessary support for the differing needs.
Israel Irrobali: Above all else, the new superintendent needs to be experienced, qualified and most importantly, invested in the betterment of our kids, school district and community. At the end of the day, the superintendent is a public servant. An effective public servant needs to have the following qualities/traits: humility, collaborative spirit, empathy, willingness to learn, and active engagement. As a public servant and leader, you engage citizens from all spectrums of life and must work with each of them. I would also support any effort made to find a local candidate that understands the successes and failures of EPISD educational systems and procedures.
Jerome Tilghman: A product of and hired within the border. A working knowledge and familiarity with the unique cultural nuances of the border.